This is a topic that is ALWAYS up for debate. And it’s pretty controversial to boot. There has been a lot of research into whether or not mental illness makes us more creative - acclaimed US psychologist and author Kay Redfield Jamison released an entire book exploring the subject (Touched With Fire if you’re interested). But … Continue reading Does mental illness make us more creative?
Trigger warning: Panic and health anxiety There’s a theme that runs through all my writing - the media’s impact on our anxiety. And my God, it’s very REAL. I’m not blaming the media. Not entirely. It’s just that, for us obsessives, the combination of health anxiety and health headlines is a bit of a toxic cocktail. … Continue reading How anxiety makes the truth stranger than fiction
6 tips on striking a balance when writing about mental health in fictional settings
TW: description of depression I want to share this poem that my dad sent to me today. I hadn't seen it before, but he wrote it back in the 90s. It's about depression. It's pretty powerful I think. He's always been really artistic - he writes, plays music and he used to paint, too. He's … Continue reading Ode to a Tormented soul
It's been a strange few weeks. I've been off with the worst bout of anxiety that has afflicted my tired brain in almost two decades. I've probably been far more sociable in a virtual sense - but given I've been off work, missed the pub quiz (again), missed my other half performing in Sunday for … Continue reading Publication week, anxiety and media love
How lush to interview a big inspiration, the fabulous Claire Eastham of hugely popular blog We're all mad here for my Standard Issue column.... Did you see that girl, Claire Eastham, on This Morning last year, addressing the nation live with talk of her apparent ‘social anxiety’? FAKE NEWS! All this mental health bollocks. Everyone’s … Continue reading It REALLY couldn’t happen to a nicer…writer
I just saw an article shared by Kay Sheldon on Twitter from the Telegraph - Knitting, crocheting and jam-making improve mental health, study finds and it got me thinking about mindfulness. I'm certainly not an advocate of 'go for a walk and get over it' and I don't believe Kay Sheldon is either, but there … Continue reading Mindful resolutions